Although his signature is pending, Marco Gonzales said he has reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him with the 19th pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Twitter blew up Tuesday night with reports that the former Rocky Mountain High School star had signed a deal with the Cardinals, but Gonzales said he won’t visit St. Louis until next week and that nothing has been finalized.
The twitter frenzy was thanks in large part to Jim Callis of Baseball America tweeting late Tuesday afternoon that Gonzales had signed a deal worth $1.85 million.
Tuesday night, Gonzales laughed, saying no such signing had occurred. Gonzales texted, “Haha nope. haven’t signed anything yet. Won’t sign til I’m in St. Louis next week.”
If Gonzales does sign for $1.85 million — which other sources, including MLB.com have reported — it would mark a drop from the slot value of the 19th pick of $2.0558 million.
Gonzales said he will discuss the deal after he signs and makes it official with the Cardinals. Still pending are some finer details, including a physical that Gonzales must pass next week.
The Cardinals, Gonzales said, have a reputation for moving players through the minors quickly, and he said he hopes to be one of those players.
Many scouting sites, including MLB.com, have posted articles or blogs suggesting Gonzales will do just that. A lefty with a 92 mph fastball and a plus changeup, Gonzales has been described as having a repeatable delivery and a low risk for injury. Scouts put Gonzales’ ceiling at No. 2 starter, and most have him pegged to be in a starting rotation within two years.